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Day 1 at [sin]efest - SANDCASTLE dir Boo Junfeng

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The first edition of the UK's largest independent Singapore Film Festival kicked off yesterday. With a complimentary buffet, complimentary drinks and approachable staff this may well be one of the cosiest and more relaxed film festivals I have attended.  I got the chance to interview Boo Junfeng, the director of the opening film, SANDCASTLE and curator for the festival and Joshua Tan, the main actor of SANDCASTLE, who currently studies in London. Boo Junfeng is a softly ...

Derby QUAD Autumn programme highlights announced

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Autumn 2010 QUAD at night © Graham Lucas CommonsAn inaugural film festival explores identity through film, while QUAD’S senior citizens explore what they think of contemporary art as they curate an exhibition drawn from the Arts Council Collection… Leading regional arts centre Derby QUAD today announces its Autumn programme. Celebrating its second birthday this September, QUAD has quickly established a reputation for attracting the most significant and important names in the world of art ...

The International Experimental Cinema Exposition

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The International Experimental Cinema Exposition will open October 26, 2010 7:00 PM at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) Union Theatre, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI (Free Admission)   Join us at The Union Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the 2010 edition of TIE, The International Experimental Cinema Exposition on Tuesday, October 26 with an all-new, original program highlighting the work of internationally renowned artists' experimental films in 35mm, 16...

Julian Schnabel: A Renaissance Man For Our Times

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  Julian Schnabel strides two different worlds like a modern-day colossus. As a painter, sculptor and photographer, he has been in the A list of fine arts culture for more than 30 years. For the past decade, he has added "filmmaker extraordinaire" to his resume, becoming one of the most talked-about and lauded film artists of his generation. Painters making films is not completely new  (Leger, Kandinsky, Dali and other early modernists did make film expressions, but they wer...

TIFF Film In Focus: BEGINNERS

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The courage to live one's truth....that is the potent theme of BEGINNERS, an emotional drama that had its world premiere on Saturday evening at the Toronto International Film Festival. American director Mike Mills, who made an assured debut in 2005 with the festival hit THUMBSUCKER handily mixes comedy and tragedy and guides his cast of top flight actors to convincing and moving performances. Drawing on his own background as a graphic designer and artist who has exhibited extensively ...

Asian Cinema Showcase at MoMA

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(A LETTER TO UNCLE BONMEE, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)    September is only 9 days old, and already the pace of the worldwide film scene is in high gear. As the Venice International Film Festival goes into its final weekend, the excitement is just starting today at the Toronto International Film Festival. Add to that an excellent regional event on the lux island of Martha's Vineyard in Cape Cod, the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival (www.mvfilmsociety.org), a...

Asian American International Film Festival

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New York: 2010 Asian American International Film Festival: New Films from TaiwanVirtually all Southeast Asian film making countries were represented at the 33rd edition of the festival organized by the non-profit New York based Asian CineVision. Held from July 15-24 in four central Manhattan locations the selections focused on independent films and ranged from a presentation of a collection of short films by emerging film directors from Malaysia to a special program on the New Taiwanese Cinema....

The Sausalito Film Festival returns for second edition

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The Sausalito Film Festival returns the weekend of August 13-15 for a second year in its idyllic home at Cavallo Point, the LEED Gold Certified eco-resort on the San Francisco Bay at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The three-day experiential festival pairs screenings with relevant events from live music performances to stimulating panels that include filmmakers and thought provoking industry leaders in discussion about vital topics such as human rights, conservation, autism, health and welln...

New York: JAPAN CUTS Film Festival

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Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival, though most titles were screened at the Japan Society, JAPAN CUTS is the largest Japanese film festival in the United States. Held for the fourth time from July 1st through the 4th, it offered this year during the Asian Film Festival and at the Japan Society 24 titles spanning a wide variety of themes and styles. This diversity in film making approaches is certainly startling ranging from the anime KING OF THORN on a world threatening cold slee...

Barbara Pichler Artistic Director of Diagonale Film Festival until 2014

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The general assembly of the Austrian Film Forum, the supporting association of the Diagonale, is delighted to announce that Artistic Director Barbara Pichler’s contract has been extended for three more years, until 2014. The general assembly unanimously decided to extend the contract based on the successful direction of the Diagonale 2009 and 2010. The general assembly congratulates Barbara Pichler for designing and realizing the first two festivals as artistic director: the growing public int...

Inaugural Eko International Film Festival Opens Wednesday July 7 in Lagos

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A scene from Glamrock City, the Opening Film of EKOIFF Inaugural Eko International Film Festival Opens Wednesday July 7 in Lagos The inaugural Eko International Film Festival (EKOIF) opens Wednesday July 7 at the prestigious Genesis Deluxe Cinemas at The Palms in Lekki, Lagos. Award winning filmmakers from Germany, UK, Spain, France, Albania, Kenya and Nigeria are participating in the film fiesta with over 25 films including the thrilling Glamrock City and the King of Palma. Th...

Palm Springs ShortFest announces winners

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2010 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL WINNERS The Gold Mine receives 3 awards including Best of Festival Award; Off Season receives Panavision Grand Jury Award; The Story of My Life receives Future Filmmaker Award The 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market, the largest short film festival and market in North America, announced its Festival award winners on Sunday, June 27, 2010. 314 short films screened throughout the Festival along with mo...

The Edinburgh International Film Festival Awards

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  The Edinburgh International Film Festival today announced the winners in the six competition categories for feature films at an Awards Ceremony prior to the Closing Gala of the world premiere of THIRD STAR. The awards were presented by EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill and Patrons Tilda Swinton and Seamus McGarvey on the penultimate day of the Festival at Cineworld. This year's winners are:   The Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film, sponsored by t...

Michael Powell Jury President at Edinburgh

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Today the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), announced 2010’s Michael Powell Jury in addition to the other six juries deliberating across the Festival’s awards. Previously announced President of the Michael Powell Jury, acclaimed and beloved actor Sir Patrick Stewart (X MEN; STAR TREK) will be joined by former Bond girl Britt Ekland (THE WICKER MAN), director Mike Hodges (CROUPIER; GET CARTER); New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s senior film curator Laurence Kardish and Iranian ...

BAMcineFEST Grows in Brooklyn

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BAMcinemaFEST is back for year two at Brooklyn's BAMcinématek, where its slate of New York premieres stands to fuel its rep as a local Cape Canaveral of independent films. The June 9–20, 2010 spectacle is challenging lazy Manhattanites like me to rethink our scout pledge, "I'll never leave the island for culture." P.T. Barnum paraded 21 elephants across the Brooklyn Bridge, so an hour subway ride shouldn't be such an ordeal.  Especially not when it comes to attractions...

New York's Shade of Lavender

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  EYES WIDE OPEN (Israel)  After a mercilessly cold and snowy winter, spring has finally sprung in New York, with its explosion of flowers, smells and colors. Amidst the ruby reds, the dazzling yellows and the intoxicating shades of green, there is a distinct shade of lavender, as gay and lesbian films make their annual pilgrimage to the city and its environs in the run-up to the area's gay pride celebrations in June. First out of the starting gate is the Jacob Burns Film C...

Actress Mink Stole receivesBoston Underground Film Festival's first Lifetime Achievement Award

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The 12th annual Boston Underground Film Festival, which took place at the Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge, Massachusetts, came to a close Sunday night, March 28, at the Middlesex Lounge with the announcement of this year's winners. The previous night the festival bestowed its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award on John Waters' muse Mink Stole at a special tribute at The Friendly Toast. ...

This year's IFI Stranger Than Fiction is packed with more reality than ever

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  Space Tourists, Tigers, Wind Horses, Winnebagos, Dublin's Pyjama Girls and the Dalai Lama; this year's IFI Stranger Than Fiction documentary film festival is packed with more reality than ever 15th-18th April 2010 With twenty-two of the finest documentaries, including 19 premieres, this year's expanded IFI Stranger Than Fiction festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Launching the programme today Niall Macpherson, Festival Programmer said, ‘We're ...

ATP New York 2010: Jim Jarmusch to curate, Sonic Youth, Breeders, Explosions In The Sky to play!

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Jim Jarmusch confirmed as guest curator for ATP New York 2010 - Sonic Youth, Breeders, Explosions In The Sky to perform on the Saturday!                                   All Tomorrow's Parties will return to Kutsher's Country Club, Monticello for the third ATP New York festival over Labor Day weekend, running f...

Enthusiastic festival director thrives on sharing the joy of film

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“I love to be able to co-create this important film event,” says Festival Director Marit Kapla. “Göteborg International Film Festival is as important to the audience as to the filmmakers and film industry.”   Marit exudes positive energy when we meet for a chat at Hotel Riverton; the classic festival hotspot. And she has good reason to be happy: the first weekend was a success and there is much more to come before wrapping time.   “There are so many highlights,” ...

Play it again

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For the 60th anniversary of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Retrospective takes a look back at the long history of the festival with a programme curated by David Thomson. Retrospective section head Rainer Rother explains why the respected film critic was his favourite candidate for the job, what fascinated him about Thomson's selection of films and how cinema has become freer and richer over the years. Janus Dissing Rathke in Niels Arden Oplev's Drømmen: this year's...

STRIKE !

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Video Still Images 1 & 2 Exhibitions/ Screenings: 2010, The Onassis foundation, BIOS exhibition space, Athens, Greece, (screening) 2009/ 2010, Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/ Berln/ Madrid, New cinema & Contemporary Arts (opening film and programmed screening) Strike 2Video Still Images 1 & 2     Exhibitions/ Screenings:2010, The Onassis foundation, BIOS exhibition space, Athens, Greece, (screening...

The Double-Edged Sword: The Chambara Films of Shintaro Katsu & Raizo Ichikawa

December 2009 - May 2010 With the centennial of director Akira Kurosawa’s birth coming up, 2010 will certainly be the year of sword fighting films (chambara)! While Kurosawa will always remain the "Emperor", two actors dominated postwar Japanese genre cinema: Daiei Studios’ cult stars Shintaro Katsu (1931-1997) and Raizo Ichikawa (1931-1969). Two actors, two styles, apparently poles apart yet actually complementary: earthy Katsu was the affable anti-idol rogue, unpredictable on- and off-screen, while ethereal, coolly enigmatic Ichikawa was considered the “James Dean of Japan”. Beyond their differences, both stars instilled in their roles a poisonous poetry and existential angst that lifted their art into genre-transcending territory. Curated by Chris D., genre film expert and author of Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film. Two of the most versatile, underrated and comparatively unknown movie performers post-WWII were not from America or Europe, but from Japan. Shintaro Katsu and Raizo Ichikawa defined their generation as surely as actors like Robert Mitchum, Montgomery Clift, James Dean and Clint Eastwood defined theirs. And like Mitchum and Eastwood they were equally at home in rugged action roles as in heavy drama and light comedy. Katsu’s blind swordman Zatoichi and Ichikawa’s misanthropic halfbreed samurai Kyoshiro Nemuri stand out as unforgettable, iconic characters on the panoramic screen of 20th century world cinema. – Chris D. Join us for this retrospective honoring two Japanese film legends.

The second annual Chicago International Movies and Music Festival is gunning for its 2010 premiere

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The second annual Chicago International Movies and Music Festival is gunning for its 2010 premiere, and returning bigger and better than ever. We have many announcements for this coming year, particularly our new partnership. To bring an even more international scope to the festival this year, CIMMfest has joined with the Filmer la Musique festival of Paris and is proud to host its representatives as our guests to introduce their films. Just as enthusiastically, we announce this coming year...

NEWSLETTER N° 445: December 16, 2009

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